×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Phillips steps in as AEG Live CEO

Exec to o'see operations, strategic planning

Former manager and label boss Brandon “Randy” Phillips has been tapped chief executive of AEG Live, the newly formed live-music promotion unit of Los Angeles-based live-event giant Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Phillips, who reports to AEG prexy and chief exec Timothy Leiweke, will handle all the day-to-day operations and strategic planning at the new group. AEG Live will serve as the umbrella entity for AEG’s flagship promoter Concerts West (now renamed AEG Concerts), as well as the company’s ambitious new Las Vegas production showcasing Canadian diva Celine Dion.

Also under the aegis of AEG Live will be Goldenvoice, a smaller promoter specializing in alternative acts such as Bjork and Weezer, and Spring Communications, which packages live events specifically for the pay-per-view market.

Exec takes the reins at AEG as it faces increasingly stiff competition from Clear Channel Entertainment, the 800-pound gorilla in the concert promotion field. But while Clear Channel tries to snare blockbuster acts for all-in-one tour packages in its national network of venues, AEG can carve out a lucrative market focusing on more localized promotion and more hands-on service, Phillips said.

Regional approach

“We want to try to devolve to the pre-Sillerman days, where we had a regional approach to touring, not this national cookie-cutter approach,” Phillips said, referring to legendary touring-business consolidator Robert Sillerman. “Where there’s a vacuum, things move in to fill it.”

Phillips’ resume cuts a wide swath across the music biz. Exec got his start producing TV show “The Rock Palace” for NBC. He later moved into management as half of Stiefel-Phillips Entertainment, handling such acts as Guns N’ Roses and Prince.

Phillips later headed up Gasoline Alley, a joint-venture label with MCA Records best known for signing ska-punk act Sublime, then indie Red Ant Entertainment. Just before climbing aboard at AEG, he ran Phillips Digital Media, a management/consulting firm.

More Music

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Interscope Films Relaunches With Full Slate at Tribeca (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Interscope record label’s interest in film/music crossover isn’t exactly a secret: With hit companion albums for “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther” and “La La Land,” they’ve seemed to own the soundtrack space at times in recent years. And the company hasn’t completely made a secret of its desire to move into film production. [...]

  • Madonna Releases "Medellín" Music Video: Watch

    Madonna Drops a Sexy and Surreal Video for 'Medellín'

    It’s no surprise that the elaborate “Madame X” concept surrounding Madonna’s forthcoming album of the same name is beginning to make more sense with the release of the video from the album’s first single. It elaborates on the album’s themes, which she previous aired in a series of Instagram clips (check them out for yourself [...]

  • This combination photo shows, from left,

    Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Address Coachella Lip-Sync Controversy

    When Justin Bieber joined Ariana Grande on stage at the Coachella Festival Sunday night to perform his hit “Sorry,” there was little doubt in anyone’s mind about whether it was completely live, especially after both made a point of mentioning that he’d showed up with no intention of performing and there’d been no rehearsal. Fans [...]

  • Lizzo Coachella Valley Music and Arts

    Lizzo Joins Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez in Stripper Film 'Hustlers'

    After the release of her third album and a pair of high-profile Coachella performances, Lizzo announced today that she will be joining Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez in the stripper-themed film “Hustlers.” Based on a true story, the film focuses on strippers who band together to turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street male [...]

  • Cameron Crowe, David Crosby in Park

    Cameron Crowe on Putting 'the Most Colorful Life Ever,' David Crosby's, on Screen

    Cameron Crowe jokes that David Crosby is following his career path. The star’s frankness and tell-it-like-it-is demeanor has resulted in Rolling Stone magazine’s invitation to set up the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s next act as a rock Dear Abby of sorts with his new column: “Ask Croz.” “Isn’t that great?” says Crowe, the Oscar-winning [...]

  • Childish Gambino 'Pharos" AR App Launches

    Childish Gambino Releases 'Pharos' AR App for Android Phones

    Childish Gambino is taking his “Pharos” multimedia franchise to a new platform: Donald Glover’s alter ego released a “Pharos” augmented reality (AR) app for Android phones Wednesday morning, with an iOS version forthcoming at a later time. The app allows users to open up an AR portal in their living room (or where ever else [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content